Sampler

Artist/maker unknown, Scottish

Geography:
Made in Scotland, Europe

Date:
Late 18th century

Medium:
Linen plain weave with wool and silk embroidery in cross, whipped, stem, rice, faggot, eyelet, Rococo, blanket, chain, antique hem, and encroaching satin stiches

Dimensions:
17 1/4 x 8 inches (43.8 x 20.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1969-288-302

Credit Line:
Whitman Sampler Collection, gift of Pet, Incorporated, 1969

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Label:
This sampler features the early Latin alphabet, which often lacked the letters J and U. I represented both I and J, and V denoted both V and U before the sixteenth century. These alphabets were copied from contemporary books on grammar, such as Charles Gildon and John Brightland’s A Grammar of the English Tongue (1711), which was the first guide to feature ornate alphabets especially for samplers.